Building Your Dream
With over three decades of experience in the concrete industry, Xtreme Concrete Services is Upstate’s top stamped concrete contractor.
ABOUT OUR COMPANY
Serving Westminster, SC and the Upstate of South Carolina & North Georgia Since 2012
Build Your Dream
Westminster Concrete Contractor
Stamped Concrete Restoration
What Our Clients Say
"Exceptional company, owner and crew! Top notch workmanship, dedication, honesty, fair pricing, and the list goes on!"
"Our front and back sidewalks are beautiful! We get compliments every time someone is over and a lot of people are fooled and think we had rock sidewalks laid!"
"They have done several jobs for me. They were on time on budget and did excellent work."
"Excellent job on my driveway! The crew did a fantastic job, paying attention to every detail! I will definitely use them again in the future. If you need concrete work done, this is the company to call!"
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What benefits can I get by opting to use a concrete driveway instead of an asphalt driveway in Westminster?
Begin by considering the cost of the driveway over its lifetime. A good quality concrete driveway will last more than 30 years with little or no maintenance. Asphalt driveways need periodic sealing coats to retard-age related cracking. Even properly constructed residential asphalt driveways will deteriorate more quickly due to environmental influences than due to vehicle traffic. If you consider the cost of surface and crack sealers and the shorter life-span of the asphalt, concrete will cost much less. The rising cost of petroleum the last several years has raised the cost of asphalt to be close to the same cost as concrete.
You should apply a high-quality sealer to all exterior concrete slabs exposed to freeze-thaw conditions. The sealer helps protect the concrete from moisture absorption, exposure to chemicals, and grease and oil stains. On decorative colored concrete, a sealer will also help enhance the color.
Generally, there are two categories of sealers for exterior concrete: film-formers and penetrants. Penetrating sealers tend to offer the best protection from moisture absorption. Regardless of the sealer you use, be sure it’s applied according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
It’s unrealistic to expect your contractor to precisely match the color of your concrete driveway to a showroom sample, a neighbor’s decorative concrete driveway, or a photo from a brochure. Even plain concrete can exhibit color variations, especially if the project requires more than one load of concrete or if the concrete placements are made on different days. Most of these variations are minor and will fade over time.
A minimum of 4 inches is recommended. Keep in mind that the 2 x 4’s often used to form driveways are only 3 ½ inches wide, so the ground inside the 2 x 4 forming needs to be removed at least ½ inch below the bottom of the form. Thickness is the major factor (even more than the strength of the concrete) in determining the driveway’s structural capacity. Increasing your driveway’s thickness from 4 inches to 5 inches will add 20% to your concrete cost, but the additional inch of concrete will add almost 50% to load-carrying capacity of your driveway.
The two main types used are hard-troweled and broom finish. Trowel finishes are usually used indoors where a smooth, hard and flat surface is required. Broom finishes are appropriate for exterior slabs such as sidewalks, offering durability and a slip resistant surface. Decorative finishes are also available, including: Patterned, Colored and Exposed Aggregate.
There are many reasons why concrete cracks. Cracks rarely affect structural integrity. The majority of concrete cracks usually occur due to improper design and construction practices, such as: omission of isolation & control joints, improper jointing practices, improper sub grade preparation, the use of high slump (very wet) concrete or addition of water on the job, improper finishing and inadequate or no curing. Concrete “shrinks” slightly as it hardens, therefore; proper spacing of joints is most important.
Install control joints at a spacing of no more than 12′ x 12′. Spacing joints at wider intervals invites random cracking. While such cracks are generally not a structural problem, and will not reduce the service life of the driveway, they are unsightly.
Curing of concrete is the final step of the construction process, and one of the most important. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most neglected. In extreme cases, failure to cure concrete can result in reductions of strength up to 50%. Curing or keeping the surface moist to assure greatest hydration of cement and highest potential strength is easily done through spray membranes or other readily available products and procedures. Curing compounds should be applied after the final finishing operation to increase the concrete’s resistance to the effects of weather, and to decrease the occurrence of surface defects.